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Defense & Strategic Studies

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Daniel Pritchard
Associate Director for Facilities & Events
Office: Jefferson Hall 228

Defense & Strategic Studies

Defense & Strategic Studies (DSS) is an interdisciplinary major focused on understanding conflict, war, security, and defense by emphasizing a wide array of methodological approaches from the fields of military science, political science, international relations, economics, history, anthropology, and sociology to frame and analyze national and international security issues. Graduates are well-versed in the geographic security areas of interest to the Nation such as Africa, the South China Sea, Eastern Europe, the Arctic, the Middle East, and South America. 


Greetings Cadets!  Welcome to the USMA Library’s research Guide (LibGuide) for help in Defense & Strategic Studies. 

This Guide has been created to help you get started with your library research.  I am eager to help you with your research for papers you’re tasked to write, special projects, and tackling any questions you may have.

If you would like to meet for assistance, please contact me so we can arrange a time we’re both available.  My contact information is on the right.

I look forward to hearing from you.  In the mean time, check out some of the resources suggested in this Guide's links to the individual Guides.

How do I Find Sources?

I need to find sources for my research. How do I...

Find a book

Learn about how to search for books using Scout

Physically locate a book in the library

Locate the call number and learn where to find it in Jefferson Hall

Find and use an eBook

Learn how to limit the search to find ebooks, and how to use them on your computer, tablet, or phone


Find books placed on Reserve by your instructor. Search by course number (ex. "HI 108") or your instructor's name.

Find a scholarly or peer-reviewed journal

Learn how to search Scout (searches almost all resources together so you don’t have to search individual databases)

Find a database

Scout includes most, but not all, of the databases and materials we subscribe to. Find all databases that the USMA Library subscribes to with links to access the content.

Newspaper Subscriptions

Learn how to activate your subscription to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, and how to access a digital version of the Army Times.

Find a source the library doesn’t have

Try searching Scout first. If it's not available, then use ILL – InterLibrary Loan (WorldCat).  

Archives & Special Collections

Learn about original resources (such as letters, photos, rare books, and the official records of USMA) that are available in person or online

Digital Collections

Digitized collections including books, manuscripts, and photographs documenting the history of West Point and its alumni. Learn how to use the digital collections.

Athena: USMA Scholarship

Find scholarship from USMA faculty and staff; including articles, books, presentations, and posters

Streaming Video

Access streaming video sources and learn how the various sources of content can be used

Citation Help

Chicago Manual of Style Online

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